This week, 22 workers at the Ex-Cell metal products plant in Franklin Park, IL. went out on Strike. Despite major contract concessions by the workers in recent years, the company is now demanding that the workers cover 20% of their health care coverage costs. This amounts to over $300 a month from most workers, and the average wage at the plant is $9 an hour. Most workers at the plant have worked there for many years, some more than 20 years.
Striker Anna Maria Rico has worked for EX-Cell 23 years.